Buono mows over primary challenger, but the road to November won't be as easy

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June 5, 2013

New Jersey

By Maresa Strano

TRENTON, New Jersey: New Jersey held primary elections yesterday for a number of offices, including governor. Republican incumbent Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono faced one challenger each, though ultimately neither presented much of a challenge. With 98% of precincts reporting, results show both Christie and Buono winning their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.[1]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star has long been on the rise but turned meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, adviser to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'"[2] Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[3]

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate to share the ticket with in the general election. Christie has already secured his current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as his running-mate, and Buono is expected to make her pick soon. Buono and Christie, along with unaffiliated candidates Diane Sare and Hank Schroeder, will square off in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Christie is heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's so far and averaging a 30% edge over his Democratic competitor in the latest polls.[4] He also has bipartisan support, which is crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[5]

Here are the unofficial results of the June 4 Democratic and Republican primary contests for New Jersey Governor:

Governor of New Jersey Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Buono 88.1% 173,714
Troy Webster 11.9% 23,457
Total Votes 197,171
Election Results via New Jersey Department of State.

Governor of New Jersey Republican Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie Incumbent 91.9% 205,666
Seth Grossman 8.1% 18,095
Total Votes 223,761
Election Results via New Jersey Department of State.

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